Cosatu said it still had some reservations about the South African Social Security Agency’s (Sassa) plans to take over the distribution of social grants.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini must still be held accountable for the social grants crisis, regardless of the fact that a deal was in sight.
Social Development Spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant, said changing service providers for the delivery of social grants had never been an easy process.
President Jacob Zuma will be keeping Bathabile Dlamini on as Social Development Minister, he told Parliament on Thursday.
The EFF want a ‘strong’ message sent to Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for missing yet another Parliamentary briefing.
The Inkatha Freedom Party said it was deeply distrubed by reports that Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s daughter was linked to new SASSA CEO Pearl Bhengu.
The minister has already missed four important meetings this year, on January 25, February 1, February 25 and May 2. All the meetings centred on her updating Parliament on Sassa’s readiness to take over the grants payment system.
The Social Development Department says given that April 1 is on a Saturday, payments will only be made on Monday April 3.
The office of the Public Protector has confirmed that plans are afoot to investigate the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), following the crisis that has plagued the entity during the past year.
Minister for Social Development Bathabile Dlamini has been given until March 31 to submit an affidavit explaining why she should not pay costs from her pocket.